Rose must fall

A truck was completely destroyed during these protests when it drove too close to the burning barricades and could not turn away quickly enough.

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The Bulletin Newspaper

“Rose must fall! Rose must fall!” These were the calls that greeted the Bulletin on Friday 11 May at Marikana section in Kinross.
There is a growing dissent surrounding ANC Councillor Rose Nkabinde from the community of Kinross, especially the Marikana section. Residents took to the streets demanding that she be replaced. “We didn’t vote for her,” said one resident. “Why must she be here?”
The residents want Rose to resign. They are complaining that they do not have any power and toilets and that Rose has let them down.
Earlier this year, the EFF protested at the new extension 30 development saying that they don’t agree with Rose employing people on the site. They claimed that Rose is the only one that is doing any recruitment at the new development.
A meeting was called at Kinross on the preceding Wednesday to discuss the removal of Rose as the councillor of the ward. At this meeting, representatives of the EFF, ANC, Sanco and the community in general discussed an amicable course of action. It was decided that on the following day, a representative from each party would approach the office of the Speaker of Govan Mbeki Municipality to inform him of their desire to see Rose step down.
What can be confirmed is that a second meeting was held on Thursday, where Rose gave feedback to the community. The meeting ended with more frustrated residents and ignited the decision to protest.
A truck was completely destroyed during these protests when it drove too close to the burning barricades and could not turn away quickly enough.
The protests continued throughout Thursday night until late on Friday. Some shops were looted on Friday morning. Police dispersed the protesters. On Friday, the protestors barricaded the road R29 and demanded toll money from drivers before they were allowed to pass.
On Friday night the Mayoral Committee promised the community that they would hold a meeting with them but did not attend the meeting that they initiated.
A meeting was held between the protesters and the Mayor and some of her councillors on Saturday. During this meeting, some agreements were reached, details of which were not available at the time of publishing.
The protests died down over the weekend and all is calm at the moment.

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